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This is reportedly how Apple’s embarrassing code leak went down

This is reportedly how Apple’s embarrassing code leak went down

Apple's iPhone source code leak has been blamed on a low-level employee at the company, with a new report suggesting there could be more leaks to come. The iBoot source code download which hit GitHub earlier this week has been described as the biggest leak ever but, according to insiders with knowledge of what took place, it came from a relatively humble source.

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Nest Cam IQ gets familiar face merging, better Activity Zone notification control

Nest Cam IQ gets familiar face merging, better Activity Zone notification control

This week Nest pushed out updates to its iOS and Android mobile apps, bringing new features for Nest Cam owners, as well as a new wiring guide for the Nest Thermostat. The new Nest Cam features are available in both versions of the apps, though owners will need a Nest Aware subscription to benefit from from the changes. Both app updates are available to download now.

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Plex Live TV arrives on Xbox One, plus major new features for Roku

Plex Live TV arrives on Xbox One, plus major new features for Roku

Plex just introduced its Live TV functionality on Xbox One, giving console owners access to live stations delivered over the air. It's a major update for the Xbox version of the software, and it comes with full time-shifting functionality so users can pause, rewind, and fast-forward content. That's only a taste of what all Plex has released, though, and Roku users are in a treat.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo update arrives just ahead of S9

Galaxy S8 Oreo update arrives just ahead of S9

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are on the receiving end of the big Android Oreo software update. The update is rolling out to handsets now, but not everyone is getting it at the same time. Those who do get it will see a software update clocking in around 500MB with the February security patch. Galaxy S8 owners who are feeling impatient can manually check for a software update now.

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iBoot source download: Apple hits biggest leak ever with DCMA

iBoot source download: Apple hits biggest leak ever with DCMA

This week the bootloader source code for iOS seems to have leaked in its entirety. Apple would appear to have sent a DCMA takedown notice to Github, where the code was leaked, this indicating the code posted was of some large consequence. This is a big deal because it will likely lead to custom software for the latest iPhone devices. This is also a big deal because it could potentially lead to some nefarious parties finding their way in to Apple devices with a bit of reverse engineering - but don't worry. Apple's aware of what's up.

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iOS iBoot bootloader source code leaked on GitHub

iOS iBoot bootloader source code leaked on GitHub

Apple's walled garden is partly made possible through its closed, proprietary software. While Microsoft has made a U-turn on its stance on Linux and open source in general, Apple remains steadfast in embracing a "security through obscurity" philosophy. That stance, however, will soon be put to the test now that a critical piece of software used to secure Apple's devices has now been leaked on the Internet in a very big way. Source code for Apple's iBoot bootloader has been posted on GitHub, potentially opening the doors for hackers and security researches to more easily break into iPhones.

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Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

Browser users are often the easiest kind of users to trick. Many of them are not as tech savvy and are often careless in the links they click. As browser makers like Google and Mozilla step up their efforts to fight off phishing, scams, and malware, so do scammers level up in their creativity and cunning. One new technique that is gaining popularity is actually almost too simple and unsophisticated. But that simplicity is also the key to its success in tricking users to call a “toll-free” phone number by simply locking up or freezing their web browser.

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Windows 10 S just got axed: Meet “S Mode”

Windows 10 S just got axed: Meet “S Mode”

Windows 10 S is being axed in favor of a so-called "S Mode" for any Windows 10 version, as Microsoft revamps the streamlined version of its OS to better challenge Chrome OS. Announced back in May 2017, Windows 10 S was the software giant's attempt to claw back customers in the education and home markets from Chromebooks, a locked-down version of the full operating system finessed for performance and security.

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Microsoft Office 2019 will only support Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2019 will only support Windows 10

In a recent post on its technical blog, Microsoft dropped some details about Office 2019, the most relevant of which is that you'll only be able to use it with Windows 10. Users running older versions of Windows will need to stick with older versions of Office. Of course, Microsoft would be more than happy to sell you an Office 365 subscription instead.

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Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic

Windows 10 was launched in July 2015. It was off to a rocky start, but not as rocky as Windows 8 or even Windows 8.1. And definitely a lot, lot better than the now ridiculed Windows Vista. But while Microsoft might want to sing praises of Windows 10, because what else could it do, the fact remains that it still hasn’t overtaken the most popular Windows version there is. At least until now, because according to StatCounter, Windows 10 is just a tiny bit more popular than Windows 7.

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Lenovo Fingerprint Manager has a terrible security flaw

Lenovo Fingerprint Manager has a terrible security flaw

Intel may have set the tone of 2018 with its Meltdown and Spectre double whammy. While security flaws are, of course, nothing new, but now a lot more attention, including from mainstream media, is being given to them. Lenovo’s newest problem might not be as damning as Intel’s but it might equally be for those owning certain ThinkPad PCs. According to the manufacturer’s bulletin, its fingerprint manager software has a bug that could potentially give hackers easy access to those computers, even when user credentials are encrypted.

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ATM Jackpotting has arrived in the US

ATM Jackpotting has arrived in the US

You know those scenes in films or TV where someone in a casino gets flooded by coins, usually because of a slot machine malfunction? The scenario may now be happening in real life but with far worrying consequences. Not to mention a yield more directly useful than casino coins. Security-focused website KrebsOnSecurity reports that the ATM jackpotting crime that has been hitting banks hard in Europe and Asia have now landed on US shores. It's still officially hush-hush, but when the US Secret Service is involved, it's pretty much a given.

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